The Partner Track

Helen Wan

Ingrid Yung’s life is full of firsts. A first-generation Chinese American, the first lawyer in her family, she’s about to collect the holy grail of “firsts” and become the first minority woman to make partner at the venerable old law firm Parsons Valentine & Hunt.

Ingrid has perfected the art of “passing” and seamlessly blends into the old-boy corporate culture. She gamely banters in the corporate cafeteria, plays in the firm softball league, and earnestly racks up her billable hours. But when an offensive incident at the summer outing threatens the firm’s reputation, Ingrid’s outsider status is suddenly thrown into sharp relief. Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, commanding Ingrid to spearhead the effort. Only she’s about to close an enormous transaction that was to be her final step in securing partnership.

For the first time, Ingrid must question her place in the firm. Pitted against her colleagues, including her golden-boy boyfriend, Ingrid begins to wonder whether the prestige of partnership is worth breaching her ethics. But can she risk throwing away the American dream that is finally within her reach?


ISBN: 9781800751293


ISBN: 9781800751309

First published:
August 4, 2022


Reviews for The Partner Track

‘An engaging and suspenseful debut’ – The Wall Street Journal

‘Wan succeeds in exploring and fictionalizing the timely topics of sexism and racism in workplace politics in a fluent, thought-provoking, and compelling tale’ – Booklist

Smart, incisive, and fast-paced, The Partner Track is a sparklingly readable look at the inner workings of a Wall Street law firm – from the vantage point of a brainy, beautiful and self-doubting Asian-American associate. Wan has the remarkable ability to make you feel as if “you are there” — inside the law firm, inside protagonist Ingrid Yung’s head. I did not want to put this book down’ – Susan Cain, New York Times-bestselling author of Quiet

‘Behind Helen Wan’s wit and sparkling prose is a poignant and at times, painfully honest tale of loyalty, ambition and sacrifice. Funny, fragile, sometimes bold, often unsure, Ingrid Yung is one of those unforgettable heroines that you actually miss, like a dear friend, when the story’s over’ – Ann Leary, New York Times-bestselling author of The Good House

‘What a terrific debut novel. Ingrid Yung is a fresh, funny, and fearless heroine. Her razor-sharp wit and keen observations of gender, race and class politics in corporate America make The Partner Track an entertaining, engrossing and ultimately deeply compelling read’ – Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings

‘A wholly engrossing behind-the-scenes look at real life behind the pomp, power and prestige of a high-powered law firm that wants to still play by a 1950s rule book’ – Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, co-authors of Citizen Girl and The Nanny Diaries

The Partner Track is a marvellous story about female ambition and power, about betrayal, identity, and the conflict between self-interest and desire. In short: all the big, human stuff. Read it’ – Alison Clement, author of Twenty Questions


Helen Wan

A lawyer for fifteen years, Helen Wan writes about women in the workplace and how race, class and culture impact our pursuit of happiness. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post,, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post.

The Partner Track began as late night scribblings on a legal pad when Helen was a first-year associate at a big New York firm. It is now being turned into a Netflix series.